National Geographic: “Plan Will Protect 770,000 Square Miles of Ocean, Working With World’s Governments”

The Society aims to help designate more than 20 new underwater locales as marine reserves in the next five years.

“Preserving our oceans is essential for protecting biodiversity,” former President Bill Clinton said as he announced the Society’s efforts at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Monday.

“The ocean is the world’s largest natural resource,” Clinton said, noting that it contributes more than $20 trillion to the global economy. Yet, “human impact on the ocean is undeniable.”

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